John & Marilyn Neuhart: An Archive of Mid-Century Graphic Design

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:00am to Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:00am

John and Marilyn Neuhart worked in the Los Angeles area for fifty-five years as graphic and exhibition designers, and professors. They taught several courses at UCLA, including color theory, painting, graphic design, and typography. John retired as Professor Emeritus from UCLA in 1984.

John worked full time for the Eames Office for four years (1957-1961) and as a freelance designer for 27 years. The Neuharts curated, designed and installed the exhibition, Connections: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames at UCLA in 1976--the largest, most comprehensive exhibition on the work of the Eames Office to date. They are the authors and designers of three seminal books on the office: Eames Design (Abrams, 1989), Eames House (Ernst and Sohn, 1994) and the two volumes comprising The Story of Eames Furniture (Gestalten Verlag, 2010). While Eames Design, co-authored by the Neuharts and Ray Eames, remains the most definitive survey of work of the Eames office, the Neuharts' own more recent Story of Eames Furniture meticulously charts the design process behind the iconic Eames furniture and credits the various designers in the Eames Office who performed the hands-on work.

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the John and Marilyn Neuhart Papers, showcases a variety of materials pertaining to the Neuharts' research and design work. In addition to exquisite samples of the Neuharts' own work that was designed and printed under the banner "Hand Press," the exhibit features a rich selection of ephemera from their comprehensive research files on the Eames Office, including Herman Miller's original order sheets and posters for the Eames line of furniture. Also featured is a selection of original artifacts and ephemera from the career of Alexander Girard, another giant of mid-century design. Similar to the Eames material in the archives, the Girard materials were assembled while the Neuharts’ conducted their research for a proposed book on the designer.

Through the wide range of items on display, what emerges are the intersections of modern design with other sectors of society, such as government, culture, education, science and technology. John Neuhart passed away at the age of 83, on September 19, 2011. Marilyn’s passion for design continues and can be found in her sewing, quilting, and model constructions.

The John & Marilyn Neuhart: An Archive of Mid-Century Graphic Design is in the gallery space of Library Special Collections.


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